Unplug and Unwind


You probably know about juice cleanses, but have you ever heard about a technology cleanse? If you find yourself constantly checking your email, texting on your phone, or working on your computer, it might be a good idea to consider implementing your own technology cleanse.

It’s not going to be easy, but it is far healthier to disconnect with the digital and reconnect with the present moments. These tips from Lifehacker will help you set up your own technological cleanse, as there is definitely the right way to go about doing it.

Good luck!


Beating Phone Anxiety

I don’t know about you but when it comes to talking to someone on the phone, I shiver at the thought. In fact, I try to avoid it as much as possible. However, in the Professional Writing world, talking to numerous people on the phone each day is a normal occurrence.

If you are anything like me, this article by Thorin Klosowski called “Overcome Phone Shyness By Creating a Script” could be very helpful. It explains how writing a script of what to say before calling someone could make things so much more comfortable. I can speak to this myself. I was recommended this tip recently and started writing out my introduction or message to leave if they don’t pick up, and I am already feeling more confident and comfortable making phone calls.

For more details on this technique, I recommend checking out Klosowski’s article on Lifehacker.

The Best Goal-Setting Strategies for Social Media


Maybe you want to boost your Facebook likes. Perhaps you want to increase your Twitter followers or improve your engagements with your current following. Whatever your goals are, there’s a method to achieving them and it begins with setting the right goals.

This article from The Next Web lays out seven different goal-setting strategies to guide you along in your social media endeavors, such as using  the S.M.A.R.T. strategy maker. It’s definitely an interesting, helpful read and I think it could really help anyone create a solid social media strategy. Good luck!

Blogging Tips For Beginners

Blogging is a huge part of being a Professional Writer. We learn about it in many of our WRA courses as well as in our internships. Blogging can include online interactions from posting to social sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr. However, it is most commonly known as creating and running one’s own website that involves writing or filming one’s own articles and videos. Many do this as a past time and form of journaling but there are also many who use it to make a living.

Writing a blog should be a pretty simple thing right? You just write down what you are thinking, feeling and experiencing everyday. That’s not so hard. You do that all the time on social media. However, blogs are so much harder than they appear. I have started and stopped countless amounts of my own blog projects.

Lifehacker writer Anthony Dejolde offers 6 great tips to start a blog in 30 minutes.

That is only how to start a blog though. To keep a blog effectively running, check out one of our past articles by DRPW graduate student Shewonda Leger called, “Learn To Make Your Blog Effective”.